Do cigarette butts pollute both sea and beaches? Why don’t we use them to create surfboards? This is the brilliant idea of Taylor Lane, a Californian surfer who has created a surfboard with 10,000 cigarette filters.
According to the various environmental circumstances surrounding them, cigarette butts can take 5 to 12 years to degrade because of the synthetic chemical substances they contain. The Roach Tail is therefore a good initiative to combat beach and ocean pollution efficiently and convert a harmful waste into a usable material.
In addition to provoking dirt, cigarette filters are hazardous for the health of marine animals. They can indeed been accidentally ingested by fish, whose airways could be blocked causing suffocation. Taylor Lane’s initiative has won the 2017 Vissla Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest.
The video below shows the construction of the first prototype.
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